Manraj Thandi & Other Drug Gang Members Jailed

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Manraj Thandi from Smethwick was a part of a six-strong drug gang that was busted by police. Mr Thandi and two others have today been jailed for a total of eight years and nine months. A police investigation had led to the arrest of Daud Khan, aged 21; Paulina Kurstak, aged 22; and Manraj Thandi aged 22, £54,000 worth of class A drugs were seized.

The arrests took place after a police raid on a house in Dartmouth Street, Burslem, Toke.  The house was part-rented by 23-year-old Kamran Khan – the leader of the conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said: “In the period from August 2017 to January 2018 a significant organised conspiracy to supply class A drugs operated from Dartmouth Street, Burslem. Kamran Khan organised others in a conspiracy to supply significant quantities of cocaine and heroin across the city, Newcastle and Crewe. Police found £54,000 worth of drugs at the address.”

Drug-dealer Daud Khan

The investigation began after police stopped a car driven by Thandi on the outskirts of Newcastle on September 6, 2017.

Mr Spratt said: “He was in possession of 25 packages of heroin and 20 packages of cocaine worth about £400. They found £200 in one of his shirt pockets.

“An examination of his mobile led them to discover he was booked into stay at Newcastle Travelodge on September 6 and 7. It had been booked by Kurstak. That led police to her address in St Nicholas Avenue, Norton. They found £1,100 and 30 packages of heroin and cocaine worth about £600.

“Her fingerprints were found on the interior wraps of some of the drugs found with Thandi.”

Police carried out surveillance on eight occasions before raiding the Dartmouth Street address where they found Kurstak and Yassin Khan.

Mr Spratt said: “In total, they recovered 472 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of heroin and 80 grams of cannabis.

“They were able to ascertain what the drugs line was. It sent out an average of 101 messages a day indicating that drugs were for sale and the prices.

“Very often Kurstak was provided with a postcode and she was engaged in delivering the drugs.

“Israr Tariq was provided with five postcodes. He accepts he was engaged in transporting a person engaged in supplying drugs (on one day).”

Kamran Khan, of Davison Street, Cobridge, pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiring to supply a class A drug and one charge of conspiring to supply a class B drug. He is already serving a seven-year sentence for similar matters and will be sentenced on Friday, December 20;

Daud Khan, of Barrett Drive, Cobridge, pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiring to supply a class A drug. He has been jailed for three years;

Paulina Kurstak, of St Nicholas Avenue, Norton, pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiring to supply a class A drug. She has been jailed for two years and nine months;

Yassin Khan, aged 21, of Emery Street, Cobridge, pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiring to supply a class A drug. He will learn his fate in the week commencing January 13;

Manraj Thandi, of Lonsdale Road, Smethwick, pleaded guilty to two charges of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug. He has been jailed for three years;

Israr Tariq, aged 22, of Chaplin Road, Longton, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender. He has been handed a 12-month community order and 80-hours unpaid work.

Balbir Singh, representing Daud Khan, said his client was not the leader of the operation.

He said: “It is a classic example of being involved in a peer group and simply going along with them.”

Graham Arnold, mitigating for Thandi, said his client was motivated by financial gain.

He added: “He was doing something under direction. It is two years since the offending. He has matured a great deal since these matters.”

Judge David Fletcher said: “The principle conspiracy involved the distribution of class A drugs – heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine – in this city.

“There are serious and pernicious problems caused by the supply of class A substances. These courts day after day, week after week, year after year, see the net result of these drugs on society and those less fortunate who inhabit society.”

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